A member of Iraqi government forces celebrate along a street in Fallujah after government forces recaptured the city from Daesh militants, Iraq, June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Iraq's army sought Monday to eliminate Daesh (ISIS) fighters holed up in farmland west of Fallujah to keep them from launching a counterattack on the city, a day after the government declared victory over the extremist militants there.Jeff Davis said the U.S.-led coalition had carried out more than a 100 airstrikes on Fallujah since the ground operation started.Col. Ahmad al-Saidi, who participated in Monday's advance, said ground forces were moving cautiously to avoid triggering roadside bombs planted by Daesh.The insurgents mounted limited resistance to Iraqi forces earlier this month inside Fallujah before scattering after some commanders abandoned the fight, according to Iraqi officials.Control of Fallujah is now shared between the army, elite counterterrorism forces and federal police. Some fighters from Shiite militias, which have held several outlying areas for months, are also present inside Fallujah proper.
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